PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Democrat David Cicilline has defeated GOP challenger Allen Waters in the race for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, 12 News projects.

Cicilline has held the seat since 2011. The district covers the eastern part of the state: Newport County, Bristol County, and a portion of Providence County.

“I thank every Rhode Islander who put their trust in me to serve another two years in Congress and vow to represent every single person who calls Rhode Island’s First Congressional District home,” Cicilline said in a statement. “I remain as committed as ever to delivering results for working Rhode Islanders — from fighting to lower costs at a time when folks are feeling the pain of inflation, to protecting reproductive rights and expanding civil rights protections to all Americans, protecting our communities by addressing the epidemic of gun violence, and so much more.”

“I look forward to continuing  this critical work, particularly in the final weeks of this session of Congress,” he continued. “And, I look forward to working with my friend Seth Magaziner as, together, we fight to lower costs and grow our economy, defend the freedoms and protections we hold so dear, and ensure our democracy remains stronger than ever.”

Cicilline is a member of both the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus and vice-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Prior to being elected to Congress, he served two terms as the mayor of Providence and four terms in the R.I. House of Representatives before that.

Waters, who sought to unseat Cicilline, described himself as a “people’s candidate” with conservative, working class values. A Rhode Island native and graduate of URI, he had a 30-year career as an investment consultant, according to his website.